At Skylight: Cleo Qian presents LET'S GO LET'S GO LET'S GO & Alexandra Chang presents TOMB SWEEPING

Join us for a co-headlined event celebrating new releases from two incredible writers!

Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go

The electric, unsettling, and often surreal stories in LET'S GO LET'S GO LET'S GO explore the alienated, technology-mediated lives of restless Asian and Asian American women today. A woman escapes into dating simulations to forget her best friend’s abandonment; a teenager begins to see menacing omens on others’ bodies after her double eyelid surgery; reunited schoolmates are drawn into the Japanese mountains to participate in an uncanny social experiment; a supernatural karaoke machine becomes a K-pop star’s channel for redemption. In every story, characters refuse dutiful, docile stereotypes. They are ready to explode, to question conventions. Their compulsions tangle with unrequited longing and queer desire in their search for something ineffable across cities, countries, and virtual worlds.

With precision and provocation, Cleo Qian’s immersive debut jolts us into the reality of lives fragmented by screens, relentless consumer culture, and the flattening pressures of modern society—and asks how we might hold on to tenderness against the impulses within us.

Cleo Qian is a writer from southern California. Her work has been published in The GuardianShenandoahPleiadesThe Common and elsewhere. She lives in New York City. LET'S GO LET'S GO LET'S GO is her first book.

Tomb Sweeping

Compelling and perceptive, Tomb Sweeping probes the loyalties we hold: to relatives, to strangers, and to ourselves. In stories set across the US and Asia, Alexandra Chang immerses us in the lives of immigrant families, grocery store employees, expecting parents, and guileless lab assistants.

A woman known only to her neighbors as “the Asian recycling lady” collects bottles from the streets she calls home. A young college grad ponders the void left from a broken friendship. An unfulfilled housewife in Shanghai finds a secret outlet for her ambitions in an undercover gambling den. Two strangers become something more through the bond of mistaken identity.

These characters, adeptly attuned to the mystery of living, invite us to consider whether it is possible for anyone to entirely do right by another. Tomb Sweeping brims with remarkable skill and talent in every story, keeping a definitive pulse on loss, community, and what it means to feel fully alive. With her debut story collection, Chang further establishes herself as “a writer to watch” (New York Times Book Review). 

Alexandra Chang is the author of Days of Distraction and the forthcoming Tomb Sweeping. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. Her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-StoryThe New York TimesHarper’s BazaarGuernica, and elsewhere. She lives in Ventura County, California.  

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
LET'S GO LET'S GO LET'S GO By Cleo Qian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534927
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - August 15th, 2023

Tomb Sweeping: Stories By Alexandra Chang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062951847
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Published: Ecco - August 8th, 2023

Days of Distraction: A Novel By Alexandra Chang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062951793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - February 16th, 2021